April 13, 2014
Jazz musicians use many different strategies to create melodic lines in soloing — chord notes, diatonic and chromatic passing tones, neighbor tones, patterns based on scales or modes, upper structure triads, other intervallic constructions, playing in the key, pentatonic and other more exotic scales. Debbie Poryes provides an overview with as many examples of these concepts as possible. Open to all, basic knowledge of jazz theory recommended.
Pianist Debbie Poryes has performed at Yoshi’s, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival and various venues in Europe. She has released several albums as a leader, with over 30 years of experience teaching privately and at conservatories in the U.S. and Europe.
Give your audience more than just songs and technique! Discover the things that can help you deliver great performances with confidence in auditions, showcases, recording sessions and on video. Learn how these elements will keep your audience connected and engaged, creating moments that resonate with them long after the performance. Students will participate and perform with a professional accompanist. Vocalists should bring one lead sheet in your key. Instrumentalists, please bring your instrument and one lead sheet (with lyrics, if applicable) of the song you will play. Come ready to try new things in a fun, supportive setting! Open to all levels.
Acclaimed for her inventive artistry and magnetic stage presence, Clairdee tours internationally playing to sold-out houses and garnering rave reviews. Besides her engagements as a leader, she has worked with artists as diverse as Bucky Pizzarelli, Boz Scaggs, Cyrus Chestnut and Ken Peplowski. Clairdee has opened for the Count Basie Orchestra and the late Etta James.
Learn how to practice improvisation in a non-genre specific context, alone and in groups, and how to apply those concepts to other idioms. Seattle-based duo Syrinx Effect (Kate Olson and Naomi Siegel) leads off this workshop with a demonstration of techniques and concepts (developing strong motives, introducing contrasting elements and creating an arc within a solo improvisation). Additional topics include effective beginnings and endings and “rules” for interaction, borrowed loosely from Tibetan Buddhist ideas. Prerequisites: at least 1-2 years of dedicated study and basic mastery on your instrument. Bring your instrument.
Naomi Siegel is an educator who performs and records with an array of ensembles including her own projects. She studied jazz trombone at Oberlin Conservatory, and received the 2013 Golden Ear Award from Earshot Jazz for Emerging Artist of the Year. Kate Olson is a saxophonist and woodwind teacher who specializes in free improvisation and electronics.
Photos by danielsheehan.com
One of the SF Bay Area’s premier jazz vocalists, Frankye Kelly is known for her classical interpretation of jazz standards and her lilting and haunting expression of down home blues. Featuring Kelly Park on piano, Michael O’Neill on woodwinds, Fritz Burden on bass and Ranzell Merritt on drums.
A Benefit for the Angelo J. Montesano Scholarship Fund